Justin Tucker's 61-yard field goal sinks Lions
Josh Katzenstein of The Detroit News is providing regular updates throughout the game as the Lions play host to the Ravens on Monday Night Football from Ford Field.
Kicker goes 6-for-6
The Ravens rode Justin Tucker's leg to a victory over the Lions tonight.
The placekicker hit six field goals, including a 61-yard field goal with 38 seconds left in the fourth quarter, to give Baltimore an 18-16 win at Ford Field.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw an interception on the first play of their final possession to seal the loss, which leaves the Lions (7-7) in third place in the NFC North behind the Bears (8-6) and Packers (7-6-1).
Stafford threw three interceptions in the game and completed just 18 of 34 passes for 235 yards. He threw a 14-yard touchdown to tight end Joseph Fauria to put the Lions in front, 16-15, with 2:21 left in regulation, but the Ravens drove to the game-winning field goal on the next possession.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco completed a 27-yard pass to Jacoby Jones on the final drive that set up Tucker's long field goal.
Lions regain lead
The Lions lead the Ravens for the first time in the second half.
Matthew Stafford threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to tight end Joseph Fauria to give the Lions a 16-15 lead with 2:21 left in the fourth quarter.
The Lions failed on the 2-point try, an incomplete pass from Stafford to Calvin Johnson, but the Ravens burned one of their last two time outs before the attempt.
Fauria now has 12 catches and seven touchdowns in his rookie season.
Another Stafford interception
The turnovers just won't stop for Matthew Stafford and the Lions.
On third and 2 at the Detroit 33, Stafford threw an interception over the middle. It looked like he was looking for either Kris Durham or Joique Bell, but Ravens linebacker Daryl Smith picked off the low throw, Stafford's second interception of the game.
The Ravens actually lost a yard on the ensuing drive, but kicker Justin Tucker hit a 53-yard field goal to give Baltimore a 15-10 lead with 8:06 left in the fourth quarter.
Tucker has hit all five of his field goal attempts tonight.
Lions tack on some points
The Lions just scored for the first time since their opening drive.
David Akers hit a 40-yard field goal to cut the Ravens' lead to 12-10 with 1:49 left in the third quarter.
Matthew Stafford had a 37-yard completion to Calvin Johnson on the drive, the www.lionsnflofficialonline.com/lions-joique-bell-jersey-c-40.html longest play of the game by either team.
Stafford's pass attempt to Kris Durham on third and 9 at the Baltimore 22 fell incomplete as Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb appeared to get away with some contact.
Lions defense keeps it close
Damage control was the name of the game for the Lions defense on the last Ravens’ drive.
Baltimore started the drive at their 27 after defensive end DeAngelo Tyson intercepted Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford on a pass thrown behind running back Reggie Bush.
It was the first turnover of the game.
Ray Rice had a 15-yard run, and Joe Flacco had a 24-yard completion to Marlon Brown to move the Ravens into scoring territory at the Detroit 35.
But the Lions defense effectively held from there and forced Baltimore to kick its fourth field goal of the night.
Justin Tucker hit from 49 yards to give the Ravens a 12-7 lead with 8 minutes left in the third quarter.
Ravens nick lead on quick drive
The Lions led for nearly the entire first half, but the Ravens enter the break with a 9-7 edge after a quick, precise drive.
Baltimore gained 71 yards on seven plays in just 1:20 before Justin Tucker hit a 32-yard field goal as Joique Bell Jersey White the second quarter expired.
Tucker has hit all three of his field goal attempts tonight as the Ravens haven't been able to find the end zone.
The Lions led since the 10:57 mark of the first quarter after Reggie Bush's touchdown run.
On the final scoring drive, Lions safety Louis Delmas was flagged for unnecessary roughness on Ravens receiver Marlon Brown after a helmet-to-helmet hit. It looked questionable at first, but Delmas certainly made contact with the head.
Here are some key stats from the first half:
Matthew Stafford: 8 of 15 for 70 yards
Reggie Bush: 6 carries for 46 yards and 1 TD; 1 reception for 6 yards Joique Bell: 5 carries for 15 yards; 1 reception for 23 yards Nate Burleson: 3 catches for 28 yards Calvin Johnson: 2 catches for 8 yards
1 for 6 on third down
6 penalties for 74 yards
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Bernard Pierce: 5 carries for 17 yards
Ray Rice: 6 carries for 13 yards
Jacoby Jones: 4 catches for 53 yards
Torrey Smith: 3 catches for 50 yards
3 for 7 on third down
4 penalties for 35 yards
0 for 3 in the red zone
Pass interference call sets up FG
The Ravens benefited from a questionable pass interference call on their last drive and turned it into 3 points.
Justin Tucker hit a 24-yard goal with 2:32 left in the second quarter to trim the Lions’ lead to 7-6.
Ravens receiver Marlon Brown appeared to trip at the 10-yard line on a deep pass, but Don Carey was called for pass interference, which resulted in a 24-yard penalty.
The Lions defense stood tall, though, to force a field goal.
Johnson shatters another record
It took nearly 22 minutes, but Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson finally has a catch tonight.
Johnson had a 7-yard reception on a slant, and, naturally, broke another NFL record.
He’s the first player in NFL history with 5,000 receiving yards in a three-year span. He entered the game with 4,996 since 2011.
Johnson has four targets tonight, but just one catch.
The Ravens are on the board.
Justin Tucker hit a 29-yard field goal to cut the Lions’ lead to 7-3 with 12:49 left in the second quarter.
Baltimore marched methodically down the field on the 15-play, 89-yard drive, but it stalled after Lions rookie defensive end Devin Taylor pressured Joe Flacco into an early throw on third and 7.
Lions cornerback Jonte Green struggled on the drive with a couple bad reads and allowed a 25-yard completion to Torrey Smith.
Megatron muffs one
After forcing a three and out by the Ravens, the Lions moved the ball well on their second drive, but a Calvin Johnson drop on third down led to a punt.
The Lions faced third and 15 after Matthew Stafford was sacked, and Johnson dropped a sure first down that hit him in the hands.
Reggie Bush had a 19-yard run on the first play of the drive.
Reggie Bush looks just fine.
The Lions running back showed his explosion on a run around the left side and cruised in for a 14-yard touchdown on the opening drive.
The Lions lead the Ravens 7-0 with 10:57 left in the first quarter.
The first drive looked easy as the Lions marched 78 yards on eight plays. They were aided by a personal foul on Ravens safety Matt Elam, who hit quarterback Matthew Stafford after he slid on short of the yard to gain on third down.
Running back Joique Bell also converted a third down on a 23-yard reception.
Matthew Stafford holds the key
One way or another, tonight’s “Monday Night Football” game between the Lions (7-6) and Ravens (7-6) will likely be decided by Matthew Stafford.
The Lions quarterback has struggled the past month with nine turnovers in the past four games, of which they’ve lost three.
When Stafford is on, the Lions offense is nearly unstoppable. He’s shown an ability to spread the ball well, and running backs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell have provided the right balance to put games away.
But when Stafford struggles, so too do the Lions, granted that’s true with most quarterbacks.
The Lions overcame Stafford’s two interceptions and lost fumble to beat the Packers, 40-10, on Thanksgiving, but the Ravens won’t go down that easily.
Baltimore has won three straight -- all at home -- and have the ninth-rated defense in the NFL. However, the defense hasn’t been great at forcing turnovers with just 17 so far this season, tied for 24th in the NFL.
With cornerbacks Darius Slay and Chris Houston out, the Lions defense could be exposed unless the defensive line puts steady pressure on quarterback Joe Flacco.
Either way, Stafford needs to step up and protect the football for the Lions to win and keep pace in the NFC North.
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